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MUSC1506: Music in Western Culture

This unit surveys some of the major developments in the history of western classical music from the Medieval period to the present, and relates them to broader historical and artistic trends. In addition to analysing individual musical works, students will engage with historiography and the relationships between music, society, and the history of ideas.

Code MUSC1506
Academic unit Arts Music
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:
The ability to follow a musical score while listening to the music and knowledge of elementary music theory

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. aurally identify music from the major periods in Western classical music
  • LO2. outline musical and aesthetic developments from the medieval period to the mid-twentieth century
  • LO3. assess some of the social, cultural, technological, and political factors that impacted on musical developments
  • LO4. understand some of the main historiographical issues involving Western classical music
  • LO5. demonstrate familiarity with 50 highly diverse set works, their original performance contexts and salient technical features
  • LO6. use the tools and resources necessary for undertaking academic research into classical music
  • LO7. undertake directed research on classical-music topics with an understanding of conventions of academic writing
  • LO8. engage respectfully but critically with the views of others through in-class discussion